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Honolulu Dog Bite Lawyers Providing Representation to Victims of Animal Attacks

The attorneys at Shim & Chang have represented many people injured by dog bites and animal attacks in Hawaii. Sadly, children are often the victims in these cases, with many suffering disfigurement, scarring, and emotional trauma at a young age. Some even lose their lives. We work tirelessly to help families obtain fair compensation in these devastating circumstances, exploring every option for recovery with diligence and determination.

When are Dog Owners Liable for an Attack?

Under Hawaii law, a dog owner is only liable for his or her dog’s aggressive behavior if:

  • The dog is a vicious dog that has bitten someone before; and
  • The dog owner was negligent in controlling the dog.

With these two requirements, winning a personal injury suit is often difficult for dog bite victims. Adding to the challenge, some dog owners are not only irresponsible when it comes to restraining or controlling their dogs, many are also financially irresponsible. As a result, dog bite victims may go uncompensated for their injuries unless their attorney can find another party to hold responsible for the animal attack.

A Representative Case Handled by Shim & Chang

Our client, Chris, was about nine years old when he was attacked by his neighbor’s pit bull. The neighbor failed to properly lock the gate that kept the dog from escaping its yard, and because the dog had a vicious nature, it pushed through the gate and attacked Chris.

As a result of the attack, Chris suffered bite wounds and permanent scarring on his shoulder and back. The dog was declared a dangerous animal by the State of Hawaii, and later destroyed for the safety of the Maui community. While responsible for the attack, the dog’s owner had no homeowner’s insurance or money to pay for Chris’ medical bills or injuries.

When Chris’ father called Shim & Chang, our personal injury attorneys conducted an investigation and found that the dog owner rented his house. Moreover, the dog owner’s landlord had placed restrictions on dogs being on the property, but had failed to inspect or enforce its own restrictions. The landlord ultimately settled the case, and Chris was compensated for his medical bills, scarring and disfigurement, and his fear of dogs.

Seek Advice from an Experienced Honolulu Lawyer After an Animal Attack

In dog bite and animal attack cases, an experienced, creative, and resourceful injury attorney may identify recovery options for you that another lawyer would never consider. Contact Shim & Chang in Honolulu for a free initial consultation and see if we can help maximize the compensation available to you after sustaining a personal injury.

  • "Shim & Chang were committed to helping my son no matter how long it took. They got the settlement we needed to take care of him for the rest of his life."

Verdicts & Results

The Estate of Mark Tokuyama v. City and County of Honolulu Jury awarded $953,114.57, which at the time was the highest award ever for a drowning case.

  • Death of a mother due to a hospital error

    $7 Million medical malpractice settlement.

  • Brain injury suffered by a teenager in a motor vehicle crash

    $6.5 Million settlement.

Reviews and Ratings
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    The attorneys of the law firm Shim and Chang are excellent, helpful, trustworthy, compassionate and conduct their business with integrity. Shim and Chang are not a law firm looking only to make money.Rather, Shim and Chang showed me they truly cared...

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    Kimberly Kau

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    When the condo owner living above us caused water damage to our condo, we were displaced for nearly two months. When his insurance carrier refused to compensate us for the inconvenience and the temporary housing cost, we hired the law firm of Shim an...

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    I was injured while on vacation in Hawaii and actually was referred to Shim and Chang by an attorney that had litigated against them in the past. I was told that if she were in my position that is who she would contact. Immediately that was a plus an...

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    Suzanne Shaw

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    This is the kindest, most well-prepared and capable group of lawyers you can find. I contacted them for a personal injury due to negligence. They took care of me in every way. Every member of the team, from the office administrative to legal aid and ...

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    Kimberly L.

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    My experience with this team has been exceptional! From the very first meeting they were nothing but professional. I highly recommend them for any personal injury litigation or mediation. Thank you Mr. Chang!

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Roy K. S. Chang

With more than 30 years of practical and trial experience handling all types of personal injury cases, Roy K. S. Chang has molded Shim & Chang into a highly creative and innovative law firm that honors the Hawaiian spirit of aloha. He has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, indicating…

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Harvey M. Demetrakopoulos

With his unique name and background, Harvey M. Demetrakopoulos' character and experience have greatly added to the creative and innovative approach of Shim & Chang. He has been with the firm since 1996, exclusively handling personal injury cases. Raised in Honolulu, Harvey graduated from Kaimuki High School and attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa…

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Alvin Tong Shim, Founder of Shim & Chang In Memoriam of Alvin Tong Shim, November 10, 1923 - June 24, 2006 The Spirit of Aloha Born in Wailuku, Maui on November 10, 1923, Alvin Tong Shim was the second child and first son of Henry and Helen Shim. As a young boy, he earned money…

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